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The Mountain Goat Trail

By Linda Tancs

Historically, the Mountain Goat Trail (one of the steepest railroad ascents in the world) carried coal and passengers between towns in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Now it serves as a path for walkers, hikers and cyclists, currently running between Monteagle and Sewanee (with more connections to come). It’s a highlight of a visit to Sewanee, home of the University of the South and some of the best dining in Middle Tennessee. The campus is renowned for its architecture, particularly the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows at All Saints Chapel. You’ll also find a World War I memorial on the edge of a bluff on campus, a 60-foot-tall cross erected in 1922 to honor the residents who served their country during the war. Fifty miles from Chattanooga, it’s a great day trip.

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